2017 has been a great travel year, and I’m enjoying this chance to take a look back at what all I’ve been lucky enough to see and do in the past year! And I’m looking forward to an even better 2018!
I’ve moved twice this year, which was a terrible hassle both times, but now Kevin and I are living together and saving up for even more travel! I’m super grateful to have someone who understands how much traveling and this blog mean to me and to support me and drive me downtown (even though he hates Atlanta traffic) and let me drag him to crazy roadside attractions like Big Chickens and headless muffler men (which are just too ridiculous to pass up). It’s been wonderful having him as my travel partner, and I can’t wait for all we have planned in 2018! But first —
My 2017 Travel Roundup!
We started off the year, and continued throughout the year, with a tour of some of Georgia’s state parks. My parents had given Kevin a state park pass for Christmas, so we made good use of the pass for our hiking adventures. We made it to five Georgia State Parks while we had the pass.
In March, we got to visit my brother in Montgomery, Alabama while he was there for training. The city, especially the downtown area, has definitely changed and gotten more to do since I had last gone to Montgomery as a kid. We also went to a shooting range, so I got to try something new.
In May, I went on my first cruise! Kevin and I sailed the Caribbean, and I added two new countries to my “have traveled to” list. We snorkeled in Haiti, took shots of rum in Jamaica, and, my favorite part, climbed Mayan ruins and swam a cenote in Mexico. My posts on snorkeling in Haiti and the shows on the Oasis of the Seas have been two of my top posts this year, so I hope they’ve been helpful to future cruisers!
I was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award in July by my friend Leslie at Traveling Curiosity, which was such an honor! Definitely check out her blog and the other blogs I nominated in my post for more traveling fun!
Then August came and I got to see my friend get married, which meant not only celebrating with friends but also being able to show Kevin around Evansville, Indiana and where I spent four years for school. And on our way home, we were able to experience the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse!
And this Christmas, my family and I spent probably our last Christmas in San Antonio. We’re very much expecting my brother to be assigned to a new base before next Christmas, and we’ll be able to explore a new city for the holidays next year!
And maybe most importantly, I saw so many bears this year! A grizzly and black bear at The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, a black bear at The Jacksonville Zoo, a family of black bears outside our cabin in Helen, Georgia, and the sun bears and panda bears at Zoo Atlanta. That’s 12 bears in one year! Incredible!
Just going back through it all, there’s still more I would love to talk about for this roundup, but I just can’t even get to it all! Now it’s time to look ahead to next year.
We’re going to Europe! It’s about time Kevin visited the UK and Ireland, so we’re going on a tour of the British Isles! We found some very cheap plane tickets and are now hammering out the itinerary, but we do know that we’re doing London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Dublin. I’ll be playing tour guide for some of this trip (me pointing to places and saying “I’ve been there” until he just can’t take it anymore), but I’m also making sure I have something new to see in each place as well.
There’s more exploration of Atlanta on the way. My brother has given me the gift of adventure — a scavenger hunt through Atlanta. I’m excited to give this game a try, run around through downtown Atlanta hopefully finding new and exciting things, and let everybody know how it goes!
And as I mentioned before, we’ll have a new city to celebrate Christmas in. Where that city will be is a mystery — until the Air Force sends out assignment. San Antonio has been good to my brother, so here’s hoping for another wonderful city with good friends and good wine!
That’s all we have planned for now, but I know there’s more to come. So stay tuned, safe travels, and I’ll see you next year!
What’s your favorite trip from 2017, and where are you looking forward to going in 2018? Tell me in the comments!